Meaning of 燕

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Pinyin: yàn
English Definition: swallow (family Hirundinidae); old variant of
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 16; Radical:
Ideographic: A swallow, with its head 廿, wings , and tail
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • Above to below
      • 廿 [ niàn ] twenty, twentieth
      • Overlaid
        • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
        • [ běi ] north; northern; northward
    • [ huǒ ] fire
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Example Words:
乳燕 [ yàn ]: baby swallow
燕子 [ yàn zi ]: swallow
来鸿去燕 [ lái hóng yàn ]: lit. the goose comes, the swallow goes (idiom); fig. always on the move
劳燕分飞 [ láo yàn fēn fēi ]: the shrike and the swallow fly in different directions (idiom); (usually of a couple) to part from each other
大凤头燕鸥 [ fèng tóu yàn ōu ]: (bird species of China) greater crested tern (Thalasseus bergii)
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